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Complainant Name:
Stephen Davies and Eleanor Parker

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Bella


Stephen Davies and Eleanor Parker complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the magazine's coverage of Mr Davies' acquittal for rape was misleading. The complainants' said that the piece suggested that Mr Davies defence was that he was suffering from sexsomnia at the time of the alleged attack when, in fact, his position was that the incident did not take place. The jury's decision was not "Not Guilty by reason of Insanity" (which would have been the case if his sexsomnia was an issue) but a straight-forward "Not Guilty" verdict for all charges faced.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification in the magazine:

Stephen Lee Davies

In issue 33 (on sale 9 August 2011) we ran a story called ‘Can you really sleepwalk into a crime?'. In the article we stated that Stephen Lee Davies had been acquitted of rape after arguing that he had been suffering from sexsomnia. We now understand that although the court heard evidence that Mr Davies may have suffered from the condition, his defence was that he did not commit the alleged offence. We are also happy to clarify that Mr Davies was not the alleged victim's stepfather, but her mum's partner at the time.

Date Published: 01/11/2011

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